We offer Medication-Assisted Treatment (MAT)—the use of specific prescription medications—to help our clients sustain their recovery by reducing cravings, blocking the effects of opioids, or normalizing brain chemistry. Medication, in addition to counseling, behavioral therapy, and 12 steps modality has been shown to help individuals sustain long term recovery. We now offer Vivitrol in addition to other oral medications to support clients in their recovery.
Victory Bay Clients in recovery from alcohol abuse or opioid abuse, have choices for medication assisted treatment to sustain long term recovery. Vivitrol, an extended release monthly injection can be used for clients struggling with either Opioid Use Disorder (OUD) or Alcohol Use Disorder (AUD). Vivitrol works for individuals with opioid abuse by blocking the effects of opiates when used therefore reducing cravings and desire to use. Revia (Naltrexone) is an oral medication that can also be used to reduce one’s cravings for opioids. Vivitrol can be used for individuals with alcohol abuse as well but it’s mechanism of action is different. Vivitrol works on the pleasure center of the brain and acts to reduce cravings. Oral medications for alcohol abuse include Revia (Naltrexone) and Campral (Acamprosate) among others. Revia works on the pleasure center in the brain and act to reduce cravings for alcohol by uncoupling the pleasure or reward one’s brain receives with alcohol consumption. Campral helps to reduce the brain’s dependence on alcohol which can reduce cravings and subsequent relapse.
Our medical team is committed to ensuring recovery is sustained and each client entering Victory Bay will meet with our doctors for a thorough assessment and discussion about medications to help them sustain their recovery so that they can make informed choices.
Common MAT Medications
Naltrexone: Naltrexone is the primary MAT medication used to treat opioid use disorders and alcohol use disorders. It comes in a pill form (ReVia, Depade) or as an injectable (Vivitrol). When used as a medication-assisted treatment for alcohol dependency, naltrexone blocks the euphoric effects and feelings of intoxication. This allows people with alcohol addiction to reduce their drinking behaviors enough to remain motivated to stay in treatment and avoid relapses.
Vivitrol: We advocate for the use of Vivitrol with many of our clients, as it only needs to be administered once a month, which vastly improves compliance while providing an extra measure of insurance against relapse. It does so by blocking the euphoric effects of opioids, so if a client relapses and uses the problem drug, Vivitrol prevents the feeling of getting high by binding to opioid receptors and blocking any other opioid from getting through, as well as vastly reducing cravings.